June 27, 2011
- preside (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to be in the place of authority : act as president, chairperson, or moderator2 : to be in charge
- How do you use it?
- Emma liked to daydream about being president of her own company someday and presiding over important meetings.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Preside" comes from the Latin word "praesidere," meaning "to guard or preside over." "Praesidere" was formed from "prae" -- meaning "in front of, before" -- and "sidere." What do you think "sidere" means?Sit up straight and proud if you picked D! "Sidere" means "to sit," so although "praesidere" means "to guard or preside over," it comes from roots that mean "to sit in front of," or "to sit before." You don't have to be seated to preside over something, but the person who sits out in front of everyone in a formal setting is usually the one in charge. (Think of a judge presiding over a courtroom.) The word "president" also comes from "praesidere." The president of a nation, a company, or a college is one who guards over or presides over a nation or organization.